April 2017 was the beginning of the digital edition of Gezelle's letters. The ultimate goal of this project is a scholarly online edition of the entire letter collection which is kept in the Guido Gezelle Archives. This involves 7700 letters and postcards!
This huge collection of letters constitutes an essential part of the Gezelle archives. The letters provide an insight into the life and work of one of the most important authors in the canon of Flemish and Dutch literature. The correspondence is also valuable for the study of the history of 19th century religious life, education, press, linguistics, folklore and mentality.
It is unique that scholars share their knowledge. Four partners join forces:
This edition shows you the scan of the letter as wel as the enriched text. You can read the text of the letter as such or dig somewhat deeper into it. In doing so you can discover the various text stages and variants. A unique feature is that all of Gezelles personal interventions are shown as well. For Gezelle, letters were merely utensils which he reworked into articles for his magazines, jotted down poetry on, or cut up into pieces of paper for linguistic notes.
For the sake of a better comprehension of the letters the text has been provided with additional information involving persons, societies, locations, occurrences from Gezelles life, titles of his works and poems. Bibliographic information as well as contents-related clarifications are available where necessary.
Our aim is to realise the enormous online edition by means of smaller subprojects. First we will edit the letters by the teachers of the Sint-Lodewijkscollege (College of Saint Louis) in Bruges. The edition of these letters will be available online in the fall of 2020. In 2021 we will start a new subproject concerning the letters by the members of the Royal Flemish Academy of Language and Literature.
Some of the Gezelle letters are kept in other institutions. The collection partners offered support or digital images of the letters: